This is something I talk about constantly on twitter and something I always want more discussion about. If video games are going to put mini-games in them, they should be good. Like, entertaining, well-designed, cool shit. The big two for me are fishing minis and cooking minis. Lemme preface: I love cooking, I do it for a living, only 2-3 games ever have made a good cooking mini-game. MMOs are the worst at this. Same with Fishing.
TL:dr, So please, tell me what your favorite or what the best made mini-games in video games are.
Fishing: Dark Cloud 2, Breath of Fire 3
Cooking: Suikoden 2
General fun crafting: The Star Ocean series where sometimes you accidentally cook a pile of shit.